The Incidence of Diarrheal Disease in a Defined Population of Rural Egypt

Mohamed A. el AlamyQalyub Center for Field and Applied Research, P.O. Box 38, Giza, Egypt

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Stephen B. ThackerEpidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia 30333

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Raouf R. ArafatEpidemiology Study Center, P.O. Box 39, Bilbeis, Egypt

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Charles E. WrightVeterans Administration Medical Center, Medical Service No. 111, 2002 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77211

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Ahmed M. ZakiCentral Health Laboratory, Ministry of Health, Egypt

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A prospective study of diarrheal illness was conducted for 2 years in 309 families who were part of an epidemiologic research center population in rural Egypt. The rates of illness peaked in the first year of life with between 5 and 6 episodes per person year at risk. Although no seasonal variation in reported diarrhea was demonstrated for the total population, age-specific differences in seasonal occurrence were noted. The incidence did not consistently vary by village size, nor did rates vary by sex.

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